by R. J. Larson


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ISBN-13: 9780764209734
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Books of the Infinite Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,176,972
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

R. J. Larson is the acclaimed author of Prophet and Judge as well as numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons.

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King 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is another incredible fantasy novel! This is the third book of a “true” series. By that I mean that both of the previous books in the series need to be read before this one for full understanding and appreciation of this wonderful story. This is the final installment of Kien Lantec and Ela the Prophet of Parne’s story. In this segment though, King Akabe Garric takes center stage. Kien and Ela are his closest supporters and he tries to understand how his Creator, the Infinite, wants him to lead his country. Akabe’s heart’s desire is to rebuild the Holy House for the Infinite. The massive conflict between the Infinite’s followers and the goddess Atea’s followers is the central theme of the story. Once again R. J. Larson has crafted fantastic characters and presented them in such a way that I was able to understand them and their motives. I even understood those that I didn’t agree with their beliefs. In this book as with the previous 2 books of the series I was continually rooting for the good guys safety and success. It was a relief to finally see that most of Ela’s doubts about her ability to do the job that the Infinite had called her to do had finally been resolved. Her maturity level has grown wonderfully throughout the series.
AnH1986 More than 1 year ago
The entire series is awesome! Near death experiences and some love as well as some tears. Awesome from the first book to the last!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series and I have heard that there was another book coming out called Exiles. Not sure if it's part of the series but would love to read that anyways. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there were more to read
lauraofharvestlanecottage More than 1 year ago
I've just come home from a long weekend at the lake. When I wasn't in or on the water, I was often found reading this fantastic book. I received King from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. (For the government man.) ~smile~ My thoughts: Prophet and Judge were such magnificent stories, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest novel in the Books of the Infinite series, King by R.J. Larson. Time seemed to stand still as I lost myself in these pages. The emotions, struggles and intrigue woven into the personal lives of the prophet Ela, Kien, Akabe, and Caitria are magnified as their stories and futures intertwine into one. King's ancient setting was a welcome respite from the twentieth century. ~smile~ I love Christian allegories, and Larson is a master storyteller. This is the best book series I've read in ages. As I finished the last sentence of King, I found myself sad that it was the end. The narrative and the characters were that compelling. The thing that made this series so valuable to me is the way it made me think about God, my Infinite. There was something about calling Him Infinite that made me take notice, to be aware of Him, in a way I might not otherwise have thought about Him. No wonder He calls Himself "I AM". I strongly suggest reading this series in order, beginning with the story of Ela of Parne, The Prophet followed by Judge. It just makes more sense to read them in order. Well done R.J. Larson! Thank you! 5 stars
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Another thrilling story from a master of Fantasy! Once again R.J. Larson has crafted a story that tells Biblical truths and even Bible stories in such an entertaining manner that the reader doesn't feel preached at. I absolutely enjoyed the hints of Job and many other stories that I recognized from Sunday School and my own Bible reading. In many ways King convicted me about praying while awaiting God's direction and following it to the letter when it does come. In some ways this book reminded of the song Smell The Color 9, even if God doesn't speak to you with a burning bush, or in this case a vine wood branch, he will still take you where you need to be. Akabe doesn't exactly wait on God patiently and thus he learns another equally important fact: God can use even our mistakes for our greater good, and even that of others. This book is packed with vivid settings and imagery. I felt like I was there watching the sword fights, seeing the damage done to a certain enemy's palace, you could feel the characters fear, and Ela's pain at the continued rebellion against the Infinite. Each of your senses along with your emotions will be engaged in this thrilling book Just as well written and page turning as it's predecessors, King is a book that will entertain and teach at the same time. I, honestly, could hardly put it down. I just HAD to know what was going to happen next. Even now several days after I finished reading it I am still thinking off an on about the characters or something I learned. I sincerely hope that R.J. Larson continues writing more of this style of book, either continuing the series or possible writing another one. Fantasy isn't my top choice in genres but R.J.'s books have been and will continue to be at the top of my wishlist! (I received this book from BethanyHouse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Mommasez More than 1 year ago
King by R.J. Larson is the second book in Books Of The Infinite series. While King is a standalone, my advice would be to read Prophet first just to get a little more back story on the Infinite, the Siphra's god. The premise of King is Akabe, the new Siphra king, who must overcome incredible odds--including daily assassination attempts--in order to stay on the throne. His new wife, the shy and subdued Caitria, is from a family who worships Atean, a god at odds with the Infinite. Akabe wants to win her love while he watches her for signs of betrayal. Akabe's friends, Kien and Ela, join Akabe and his wife as they escape the city in order to set up a trap for the assassins. What an adventure they have!!  I won't even say it again because you all know that I'm a Geek Girl. King was a highly enjoyable read for me because it had all the fantasy aspects that I enjoy--a group of warriors on a quest, strange creatures (I'd love to see a pic of the Destroyer-Horses!), lots of sword fighting, magic, foreign deities, castles and far away lands. Larson pits religions against each other in a centuries old battle against good and evil. Larson's gods, however, are active and vocal, often creating more problems for our heroes. Her cast of young, strong characters have all overcome great tragedies to become the leaders/prophets that they are, making for definitely empathetic protagonists. The action scenes are well-written and move quickly. Excellent book!
T_Michaels More than 1 year ago
I read the first two books in this series and really enjoyed them but I was a little nervous about reading this one because the preview chapter sounded like this third book might end up being a love triangle and I thoroughly dislike love triangles. Thankfully it is not.  I think the thing that struck me most about this whole series is the complete trust and devotion the characters have to God. Ela follows God and speaks for Him no matter what. She stands firm regardless of the horrors she sees coming in her visions and puts God's will ahead of her own desires and her love for her family. I really liked that the author allowed Ela to have some of her dreams as well as following God's will. I also really enjoyed the strong friendship between Kien and Akabe and the way that Akabe immediately backs down from his pursuit of Ela when he hears that Kien is the one Ela cares for. Akabe then makes an impulsive decision that seems the right thing to do, but he doesn't make sure that is the Infinite's plan and he has to deal with the consequences of his choices. I noticed that some reviewers expressed dislike for Caitria, Akabe's queen, but I rather liked her. She struggles with the difference between her abusive family (and their Atean worship)and her new feelings for Akabe, a man with beliefs her family despises. She doesn't always make the best choices, but I think that's an accurate portrayal of real life. I was happy with the way the book ended and thought it was a very nice conclusion to the series. I received this book free from Bethany House to review. The content of the review is entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring fantasy: Intense and Captivating I like reading fantasy, but I’ve usually read adolescent fantasy. Reading King by R.J. Larson was my first foray into reading adult fantasy and I was very pleased. The King has the quintessential elements of fantasy: another world, courageous and evil characters, and the eternal battle of good versus evil, and of course of an intense plot. Although I had not read the previous two books in the series, King was intense and captivating. Both females and male characters had depth and pathos, and I like how Larson’s characters used their sorrow to seek after good rather than become bitter. When Akabe finds himself king, instead of a free warrior, his overriding desire is to rebuild the Infinite’s temple. Although not shrewd, king Akabe genuinely seeks to better his kingdom and turns his subjects’ hearts to the Infinite. Through skillful narrative and incisive insights into human nature, Larson draws us into the troubles of Siphra and its enemies that will do anything to prevent another temple where the faithful can worship. Through Akabe, we meet his loyal friends, Ela the young visionary and unpredictable prophet and Kien the new Lord Aeyrievale, who pledge everything to help him accomplish his dream. Although Akabe desires to do right, his plan has unforeseen consequences when he impulsively marries an enigmatic queen who represents those who want to undermine his temple plans. By eventually confronting his past, Akabe comes to realize that to faithfully follow the Infinite requires much more than making grand plans. While Larson’s story is one of adventure and good triumphing evil, it is largely a story of how loss and love can transform people into more compassionate beings. Larson’s reference to parental figures confused me at the beginning of the book but the guide in the front of the book was helpful. Overall, I enjoyed reading the King and plan to read the Prophet and Judge, also part of the Books of the Infinite series. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of King by R.J. Larson to review.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Akabe Garric is now the unwilling king of Siphra, looking to rebuild the Infinite’s temple. However, on the first day of construction, the deal with the landowner of the temple site goes south and Akabe is forced to negotiate new terms. Lord Thaenfall, a known Atean and enemy to the Infinite, insists that the only way he will sell the land is if the King marries his daughter. Akabe makes a brash decision and soon finds himself and his new wife Caitria the targets of many assassination attempts by Atean rebels. Along the way the King and Queen receive some help from their friends Ela, prophet of the Infinite and Kien, now exiled from his home in the Tracelands. Can Akabe and Caitria weather the onslaught of Atean rebels and find true love despite their differences? King was a fantastic ending to a well loved series! I enjoyed delving deeper into Akabe’s character as well and discovering a wonderful new addition to the series in Queen Caitria. Afterall the harsh treatment and abandonment from her family, Caitria cannot help but be suspicious of other and a little cold. It was wonderful to watch her come out of her shell and warm to Akabe and their friends. Fans of Ela and Kien (like myself) will be extremely pleased with the direction their relationship goes in this book! The biblical references were fun to pick out while the author still managed to make the story its own. Last, but certainly not least, is Scythe (a.k.a. Pet) the destroyer with a big attitude and an even bigger appetite. Scythe dolls out his regular amount of grumblings, all while fiercely protecting Kien and Ela, and his usual amount of destruction. Is their nothing this horse won’t eat! Unfortunately for Ela, an old friend decides to run for political office and his only hope of election is to return to her his own destroyer Flame, Scythe’s beloved, who is in a delicate condition (as if the word delicate and destroyer would ever go together in the same sentence). What will she and Kien do with a whole family of destroyers? This book has it all, romance, humor and action! I would definitely recommend it to others and am looking forward to more from this wonderful author! *I received a copy of this from the publisher, by way of NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trilogy was awesome! Soo glad I came across this author the writing keeps you glued this set should be a movie. Looking forward to more good reads by this author